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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

GREENE, William 1872–1925

GREENE, William 1872–1925

Born Australia, one of a family of six; in about 1874 his parents moved to Dunedin and later to Timaru. Studied art at Melbourne and London and travelled in Europe. About 1898 returned to Timaru to teach art, first at Timaru Boys' High School and in 1914 at Timaru Technical College. At least one of his paintings was of the Public Gardens at Timaru. In 1920 he moved to Christchurch to become art instructor at the Teachers' Training College. He loved horses and painted mainly animals and pastoral scenes. A large painting of horses on the beach was one of those destroyed in Ballantyne's fire in Christchurch. While in Europe he married Kathrina, a Hungarian artist, and when he died in 1925 she continued to teach his pupils in Christchurch. Represented: Suter, Hocken, Aigantighe, Timaru.